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Paul Mooney

Hurls N-Word at Audience Member

During Arsenio Taping

5/5/2014 8:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Legendary comic Paul Mooney got downright racial during a taping of the Arsenio Hall show Monday night ...  spitting the N-bomb at an audience member in a performance that's being hailed as "the most embarrassing, disrespectful standup bombing ever."

Mooney -- who famously appeared on "Chappelle's Show" and wrote for Richard Pryor -- was booked to do a short standup bit on Arsenio ... but rambled on for more than 14 minutes in a bizarre routine that touched on everything from "Roots" to Obama to his admiration of an audience member's giant breasts.

But things really went off the rails when Mooney turned his attention to a black guy in the audience who he called a "bald-headed n**ga."

One person who was there tells us ... the crowd was stunned -- and sat in awkward silence as Mooney tried to transition into different material.

We're told it appeared producers were scrambling to cut him off and end the segment -- but Paul ignored the cues and kept going until a crew member used the P.A. system to interrupt him ... and a staff member went on stage to tell him to wrap it up.

One audience member tweeted about the scene -- saying, "OMG! I just witnessed THE MOST EMBARASSING, Disrespectful "standup" BOMBING ever by Paul Mooney @arseniohall I wanted to walk out!"

Eventually, Arsenio jumped in and helped end the segment in a respectful manner.
update_graphic_red_barThe bit that made air was severely edited down, but you could see that Mooney was rambling and making almost no sense. It ends rather abruptly after about three minutes. Check it out below.


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Are people mad he used the word or the way he used the word? Paul has always used it. Paul is in your face wild with race comedy, if you hear his name you know what your in store for. Im confused. TMZ we need the video.

81 days ago

Tammy LM    

Are you kidding me? THIS is making a headline???! If every black comedian that referred to another black man as a N***r, there wouldn't be anybody left but Bill Cosby!


Tell me a black comic who HASN'T called another black guy a n***r

81 days ago


Only shocked that Paul Mooney hasn't already long since suicided.

81 days ago

just because    

Paul Mooney word "******" -- at Dr Phil - YouTube

81 days ago


TMZ has become the liberal Police. If it goes against liberal views, they're first to report it. FU TMZ.

81 days ago

just because    

tupac never ignorant getting goals accomplished

81 days ago

just because    

remember when geraldo broke his nose on a flying chair

81 days ago


Paul Mooney is the man. When you were laughing at Richard Pryer's jokes, that was Paul Mooney's material. These comics today have nothing on this man. He is about as political as you get. Somebody just wasn't ready. Real fan. There will be no apology.

81 days ago

Unbroken Chain    

So is TMZ the race police? It's getting old.......why does tmz want to ruin the world? What's the upside. They all must've been bullied as kids. When you see them on tv, they all look like losers and simpletons anyway.

81 days ago

Unbroken Chain    

I think tmz realizes they broke the law with sterling and are gonna get sued so now they are just out of control with racism and trying to help sterling. Too late tmz. You're screwed. Sterling said nothing wrong and you blew it big time. Way over your heads on this you fools. Went after the wrong guy!!!!!! I love it

81 days ago


Ban him for life form any form of television ever again. its time to kill the double standard.

80 days ago


RACIST! RACIST! Where's Al Sharpton? Where's Jesse Jackson? He should be suspended from stand-up comedy and forced to sell his doo-rag!

80 days ago


Maybe he'll buy a basketball team oh wait a minute, do ya think he'll be black balled too.

80 days ago


I'm black and wouldn't go see this guy he still stuck in the 60's

80 days ago


They knew what they was getting when they asked him to come on the show. He has been this way his entire career. Cheap trick for ratings may have backfired

80 days ago
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